Man arrested after assaulting letter carrier


A 69-year-old Mountain View man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly assaulted a mail carrier, choking her and knocking her to the ground following an argument over mail delivery.

Officers received reports of the assault around 1:20 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, in the 700 block of San Lucas Avenue. The victim, 45, told police that the suspect had squeezed her throat and knocked her to the ground, according to police spokeswoman Katie Nelson. The attack allegedly came after the pair argued over how the mail was delivered, Nelson said.

The letter carrier was taken to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Officers spoke with the man and identified him as the alleged attacker. He was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and booked into Santa Clara County jail.

It's not clear whether the suspect had a history of prior harassment of the victim or other mail carriers in the past, Nelson said.

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23 people like this
Posted by Humble observer
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 4, 2018 at 2:41 pm

This is terrible. Postal carriers get little enough respect already for the vital work they do.

I believe they also have some special legal protections, though, beyond those of other citizens -- so that someone doing an assault as alleged here faces extra penalties.

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Posted by Tommieg
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Dec 4, 2018 at 3:07 pm

I’m 64. I’ve never had anything lost in the USPS. THIS man needs to be jailed and hospitalized!!! Unacceptable behavior. !!!!

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Posted by Albert
a resident of Stierlin Estates
on Dec 4, 2018 at 3:14 pm

We were wondering what the commotion was about: fire truck, paramedics, and 5 police cars around a mail truck.

19 people like this
Posted by AC
a resident of another community
on Dec 4, 2018 at 3:17 pm

AC is a registered user.

@Humble observer

Being USPS, I do believe it is a federal offense.

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Posted by Jim
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Dec 4, 2018 at 5:04 pm

Agree that its unacceptable behavior. But hands are considered a deadly weapon?

8 people like this
Posted by Jes' Sayin'
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Dec 4, 2018 at 9:23 pm

Speaking of mail delivery, why is it that the mail comes at 8 PM now? It's kind of nice to get home from work and be able to pick up the mail, but now it's over 24 hours old. And how much are these postal people being paid to work outside normal hours? Is it time and a half? And wouldn't they rather be home with their families instead of driving around in the night? So weird.

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Posted by That's not a man
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Dec 5, 2018 at 6:36 am

That's an out of control raging lunatic. I guess he REALLY needed that Val_Pak coupon mailer.

Enjoy those federal charges! Looks like a home vacancy will be opening up in the area soon for those looking.

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Posted by Brunky
a resident of Bailey Park
on Dec 5, 2018 at 2:55 pm

Mail carriers have great jobs outside exercise meeting great people. Amazon is screwing them

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Posted by Debra McGibbon
a resident of Shoreline West
on Dec 5, 2018 at 7:42 pm

Debra McGibbon is a registered user.

Regarding the late mail delivery...if they are short staffed on a given day, someone must do two routes, their own and the route of someone who is out. We've had some late deliveries also, but I am glad someone is willing to double up so we still get our mail.

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Posted by Was it...
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Dec 7, 2018 at 5:06 am

a reason to commit a felony? Because that's what happened.
Someone lost their mind and physically attacked another. Jail time for the angry man who has no control of himself. Glad he didn't have a gun in his moment of insane rage.

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